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Business As Usual
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Brendan Hill, Chan Kinchla

Sue him now and I'll tell you how
He's gonna milk like a cow
And if you want to fill a bucket
Simple as pie if you care to try
Just look him in the eye like you're high
And you want to die to cry
Fuck it
He's stuck it
Where it's ripe and I can pluck it
And it's a jewel
And it's cool
And hell I ain't no fool to school the rule

Business as usual
System never fails
Everybody's constitutional
Bargain back room sale

Bought and sold don't you catch a cold
It's going around I'm told
And it's survival of the healthy
Early to rise gonna win a prize
It's the other guys who realize
Their demises' size will fantasize
I'm stealthy I'll be wealthy
But they deny with a lie
As they try to sigh their sly good-bye
To like it or lump it
And if its back is turned
Then jump it so pump it out
They're coming on at the Pentagon
It's going right on call
To the rider on the runway
They're gonna cry, gonna deny
They're gonna sigh
They're gonna groan,
Then they're gonna die
They're gonna die, and I'm dying
But they deny that the spy is
Trying to set the sucker by lying
Or they bluff it, and if its
Back is turned, then jump it
So pump it out...

Business as usual
System never fails
Everybody's constitutional
Bargain back room sale

Like it or lump it
And if it's back is turned
Then jump it or bump it or pump it
Have your tea and crumpet
On a stump it
Doesn't matter to me you see
If I can let it be then I'm free
In the sea of my destiny
And that's key for me
You know chi for me
And if rivalry is chivalry then c'est la vie
Or c'est la guerre
Let the buyer beware of the fare
And if you dare to bare the air to care
Then something is there
But if it's bought or leased
Let it be deceased
With the beast released
Then the palm is greased
And we can gather for the feast

Business as usual
System never fails
Everybody's constitutional
Bargain back room sale

Business as usual
System never fails
Everybody's constitutional
Bargain back room sale


First release: Straight On Till Morning
Released: 07/01/1997
Earliest time played: 08/11/1996
Last time played: 09/20/2009
Playing frequency:
  206 plays (see all shows)
  11.09% of shows in the database
  17.62% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Other recordings of "Business As Usual":
  Straight On Till Morning studio cuts, 1997
  Canadian Rose, 1998
  Yours/Business as Usual, 1998


Simple as pie
An expression of American origin dating to the end of the 19th century, "pie" was used to refer to something easily done.
Survival of the healthy
A play on Darwin's theory of evolution, popularly known as "survival of the fittest" (although Darwin did not use this phrase, but preferred "natural selection"). Highly controversial when it was first published in 1859, On the Origin of Species postulated that only the characteristics of animals and plants most suited for survival would be passed on to their descendants.
Like it or lump it
As early as the 16th century, to "lump" or "lump it" meant to sulk. Essentially, "whether you like it or not".
chi
Chi (pronounced "chee"), also spelled ch'i or qi, is the Chinese word for "life force", or the natural energy of the universe. It is that which is essential to life and permeates everything.
c'est la vie/C'est la guerre
French for "that's life" and "This is war". "C'est la vie" is also used in "Gotta Get Mean".
palm is greased
This expression dates from the 16th century; to "grease someone's palm" is to bribe them. This expression's counterpart is heard in the phrase "an itchy palm craves money". Interestingly, one line from the Sikh teachings of Guru Nanak reads "The king administers justice only if his palm is greased".